This is a great homemade sauce. It's savory and spicy, as well as thick and chunky. The secret is the combination of Italian sausage, green onions, red wine and red pepper flakes. Easily double or triple amount and top on anything! Even better the next day. Enjoy.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute garlic until browned. Add sausage and cook for 4 minutes, breaking apart with a spoon. Add green onions and cook until sausage is evenly browned, about 10 minutes.

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  • Stir in mushrooms, basil and oregano; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, and tomato paste. Add water, red wine, red pepper flakes, and sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

495 calories; protein 21g 42% DV; carbohydrates 36.3g 12% DV; fat 29.2g 45% DV; cholesterol 44.6mg 15% DV; sodium 2101.7mg 84% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (58)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2008
This was a Great Sauce!!! I used italian link sausage, sliced and browned with the garlic. I used portabella mushrooms because that is what I had. I used 1/4 cup of wine and 3/4 cup water. I used less wine because I only had red cooking wine and I know it is stronger and saltier then regular red wine.Update- I made this again and had everything except used Italian diced tomatoes and got brave and used the half cup of Red cooking wine and it was super - It makes the perfect amount of sauce. Thank you for sharing your recipe Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/19/2018
When do the onions go in? No mention in the instructions. I added while browning meat. Read More
69 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 45
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2008
This was a Great Sauce!!! I used italian link sausage, sliced and browned with the garlic. I used portabella mushrooms because that is what I had. I used 1/4 cup of wine and 3/4 cup water. I used less wine because I only had red cooking wine and I know it is stronger and saltier then regular red wine.Update- I made this again and had everything except used Italian diced tomatoes and got brave and used the half cup of Red cooking wine and it was super - It makes the perfect amount of sauce. Thank you for sharing your recipe Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2011
This sauce rocks! I followed the recipe to a "T" (doubled) - except for the simmering step, I threw it all in the crockpot on low for several hours. SO Delicious! We will be making this sauce often! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2010
I've been making this recipe for years (handed down Italian). I haven't used mushrooms before (so I look forward to adding that.) One thing you might try that makes this recipe absolutely perfect cut sausage links into 1/2 bites (brown with onions). Add 1/2 cup celery. When sauce has simmered (at least 2 hours) add whole pepperoni cut into 1/2" pieces. When serving pasta ladle sausage and pepperoni separately and serve with freshly grated permesan cheese. You will NEVER make this differently. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2011
My family LOVED this sauce it will be a favorite.I followed it exactly except I used hot Italian sauage and no need for red pepper flakes.Thanks to Staci for suggesting the crockpot. Thanks for the recipe Carliey. Karen Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2009
I loved this sauce. Perfect amount of spice for me - I made it exactly as the recipe said and wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for sharing! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2008
This was a really nice red sauce. I used italian link sausage browned and sliced. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2006
I didn't see in the recipe where it said to add the green onions so I added them with the mushrooms. After simmering for an hour they had sort of a weird slimy texture. That said the flavor of the sauce was very good; next time I'll try it with regular onions. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2008
This is the best sauce I have had in a long time. I mixed it with spaghetti and it was wonderful. I will definitely make this often. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2011
This is the best sauce. After making this I can say I make my own pasta sauce now. It has spice tang and it awesome. I've made it and put it in lasagna spaghetti and also used it as the sauce on my french bread pizza's. Will keep this and continue to use it over and over again!!!! Thanks Carliey...what a great recipe!!!!!! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
10/19/2018
When do the onions go in? No mention in the instructions. I added while browning meat. Read More
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